Video : Variety and Vroom
If Facebook is synonymous with social networking, YouTube is the same with video. In terms of viewers, it is the 10th largest TV channel in India, if one sees it thus. As bandwidth costs have become flatter, video usage has increased, both on wireline and mobile networks. Hundreds of movies and tens of thousands of snippets are creating a varied video experience.
In 2012, we can expect much more Live Video. Already, one can see many events like – including the ongoing India-Australia series (should one want to, of course). Political rallies, some conferences are now being live streamed over the Internet, thus enabling reach independent of geography.
Video brings things alive in a way text simply cannot. And this opens up huge possibilities in India. We will start seeing made-for-Internet “TV channels” which bypass the investments required for distribution via cable and satellite. This has the potential to change many industries in India, from education to politics.
Continued next week.